Welcome!

Welcome! As the summer holiday draws to a close, we are really looking forward to meeting our new year 7 students in September. The year 7s’ first day is Tuesday 5th September 2017 and students should arrive in school for 11am.There will be teachers around, and posters, to help with finding tutor rooms. Remember to […]

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Message from Ms Marooney

Dear Parents / Carers

Thank you for all of your support through what has been overall a highly successful but at times very hard year for us. What this year has done for us is to strengthen ever more our sense of team and community. Two recent whole school events have been so special; Sports Day and our sponsored walk. We saw outstanding performances, amazing teamwork, thought for others and as tutor groups within companies, opportunities for conversations and working together in different ways to usual.

For the staff and I these events, numerous celebration activities and end of year assessments have been so rewarding. Our focus on teaching, learning and leadership training and development is enhancing our work and the opportunity to work with other schools. We launch our ‘Research School’ in September and are excited about the potential this has to enrich our work and further develop the educational experience of your children. Another exciting development in relation to working with other schools will be the Laurels Primary School joining DMAT and working closely with us.

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End of term arrangements – Tuesday 25 July

Dear Parent / Carer

End of term arrangements – Tuesday 25 July

It has been another busy and highly successful term here at Durrington High School. The last day of the summer term is Tuesday 25 July. The school will close early with students being dismissed at 12.15pm.

As in previous years, we continue to support the successful transition, of each year group, to the next, through a phased start in September.

Arrangements for the start of the Autumn Term 2017 are set out below.

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Year 8 “Yes we can!” competition winners

Durrington High School is always eager to provide new and exciting opportunities for students of all ages. Giving students a chance to develop their understanding of the world of work, and how a business is run in ‘real life’, is something about which the school feels passionately. Recently, the school was fortunate enough to be contacted by a local businessman, John Harris, who wanted to give young people the opportunity to design or create a business idea.

John Harris commented “I would like young people to have the same opportunities in life that I have been fortunate enough to enjoy – opportunities created by themselves for themselves; to use their imagination to pursue their own paths rather than necessarily following the well-trodden ones of others and to build their own future, built on their own initiative, resolve and fortitude.” Sue Marooney, Headteacher, said that John very generously supported the competition with a beautifully engraved trophy which will be awarded annually to the winning team along with £500 seed capital with which to support the design and implementation of the winning idea. The initiative was set up and run with Year 8 students to develop their understanding of how to run a business effectively and what an entrepreneur would need to think about when deciding this. It gave students an insight into how difficult it can be to come up with a unique selling point and a product or service which potential customers would be interested in buying.

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Coastal Drains essay competition

DHS students have produced some fabulous essays which have been entered into the Coastal Drains essay contest. The competition deadline has now been extended to 30th September and students across Worthing can enter by following the link below.  

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School bulletin

Monday 17 July – timetable week 1 Litter Rota: Da Vinci KS3 Celebration Evening Tuesday 18 July Assemblies: Hall – Hawking Gym – Roddick Litter Rota: Shelley DEAR: Coubertin, Mercator & Da Vinci Year 10 Art & Graphics Trip Wednesday 19 July Assemblies: Hall – Coubertin Gym – Franklin Litter Rota: Mercator DEAR:  Hawking & Shelley Thursday 20 July Assemblies: Hall – […]

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DHS Sports Celebration Evening

The PE Department hosted the annual Sports Celebration Evening last week. The evening celebrated all of the outstanding achievements and sporting successes from the 2016/17 year.

The year 7 sportswoman of the year was Mia Faris. Mia has taken every opportunity presented to her this year representing the school for football, tennis, rounders and basketball.

The year 7 sportsman of the year was Josh Pike. Josh has committed to all aspects of DHS sport, representing the school for football, rugby, cricket, basketball and cross-country.

The sportswoman of the year for year 8 was Lila Hite. Lila’s outstanding commitment and attitude made her a deserved winner as she represents the school for netball, rounders and athletics.

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DHS Sports Day Friday 14 July 2017

A reminder that all students should arrive at school wearing their PE kits ready for Sports Day on Friday 14 July. Students should also bring sun cream, hats and water bottles.

We are looking forward to a fantastic day of sporting events.

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National School Sport Week

The National School Sport Week 2017 was a huge celebration of everything that is great about PE and school sport and is a chance to raise participation levels across the school.

During the week the students took part in a variety of alternative sports during PE lessons which included clubbersize, kinball, dodgeball, street surfing, Danish longball and lacrosse.

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Attendance matters

Dear Parent & Carers

As we approach the end of the academic year, it is fantastic to see 70% of our students maintaining an attendance of 96% or more. There are also a significant number of students in each year group who have an attendance of 100%, an achievement to be very proud of. We appreciate your on-going support with attendance; ensuring students are in as much as possible, as this allows us to help them reach their full potential.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that we are not usually in a position to authorise any term time holidays. If you do decide to take your son/daughter on a term time holiday, this could trigger a referral to Pupil Entitlement, which may incur a fixed penalty notice or court action.

For further information regarding attendance or absence requests, please visit the ‘Parents & Carers’ section of our school website, within which you will find a section titled ‘Student attendance’.

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School bulletin

Monday 10 July – timetable week 2 Assemblies: Hall – Da Vinci KS3 English Presentation Evening Tuesday 11 July Assemblies: Hall – Hawking Gym – Roddick Litter Rota: Franklin DEAR: Coubertin, Mercator, Da Vinci Rewards Trip Wednesday 12 July Assemblies: Hall – Coubertin Gym – Franklin Litter Rota: Roddick DEAR: Hawking, Shelley Thursday 13 July Assemblies:  Hall – Shelley Sports Hall – Da […]

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Road safety – travelling to and from school

Dear Parent / Carer

We are immensely proud of our students and how they present themselves as active members of our local community, but there is an increasing level of concern regarding how they travel to and from school. I am writing in response to the significant increase in the number of concerns we have received from members of our local community regarding some of our students; a number of our staff too have witnessed these elements of this student behaviour.

Cycling to/from school

A significant number of the concerns raised by members of the community, centre on how our students are riding their bicycles. Students are regularly failing to adhere to the rules of the road, cycling in groups, spread across the road and often on the wrong side of the road. To contextualise this in 2016 there were on average two cycle deaths each week in the UK and a further 270 children and 2993 adult’s sustained serious injuries from cycling accidents. Furthermore there is a clear link between the use of safety equipment such as helmets and reduced chance of head injury. We therefore request that parents/carers ensure that their son/daughter is provided with and wears suitable protection including a helmet, each and every day when riding to and from school. We don’t want one of our students and you wouldn’t want your son/daughter to become one of these statistics. As a school we provide all students with a locker so they can safely store helmets during the school day.

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To the year 6s who are coming to us on Wednesday July 5th

Wednesday is a special day for us as we welcome you to the school for the first time as a year group. As you will know from the letter you received in March: We would like you to arrive at school no later than 8.50am, wearing your current school uniform. There will be students and […]

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School bulletin

Monday 3 July – timetable week 1 Assemblies: Hall – Year 9 – Work Experience U04L – Year 10 Prefects Only Gym – Year 7 – GRIT Litter Rota: Da Vinci Tuesday 4 July Assemblies: Hall – Hawking Gym – Roddick Litter Rota: Shelley DEAR:  Coubertin, Mercator, Da Vinci Art & DT Show Wednesday 5 July Assemblies: Gym – Coubertin […]

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New intake day

Dear Parent/Carer

Cashless Catering

On Wednesday 5th July 2017, your child will be joining us for New Intake Day and in preparation for this, we invite you to sign up to the Parentmail PMX system.

We operate a biometric cashless canteen system. Cashless catering enables us to deliver a more efficient and faster service. The system is safe and secure and has already provided the school and students with a number of benefits including

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The Best of the Best @DHS

  Colonnade House – Creative Hub are thrilled to present an impressive range of work by GCSE students of Durrington High School. ‘The Best of the Best’ Durrington High School  Tuesday 18th July to Thursday 20th July 2017 A teacher from Durrington High School explains that: “The Best of the Best is a celebration of […]

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School bulletin

Monday 26 June – timetable week 2 Assemblies: Hall – Da Vinci Year 10 – Dorset field trip meeting in S3 at morning registration Tuesday 27 June Assemblies: Hall – Hawking Gym – Roddick Litter Rota: Franklin DEAR: Coubertin, Mercator, Da Vinci Wednesday 28 June INSET Day Thursday 29 June Assemblies: Hall – Shelley Gym – Mercator Litter Rota: Coubertin DEAR:  Roddick, Franklin Festival of Tennis […]

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Year 11 summer ball

Dear Parents and Carers

As we approach the end of the examination period for our Year 11 students, we begin to turn our attention to the Summer Ball which is the well-deserved celebration of our Year 11’s time with us at Durrington. As we are now just matter of days from the Summer Ball and I am writing to confirm the final arrangements for both parents / carers and students for the event. As you will be aware, the Summer Ball is being held this year at the Avisford Park Hilton Hotel, Arundel on the 27th June. The ball will be hosted in the Grand Hall at the far end of the hotel building and this fantastic venue is a very fitting place to hold a formal celebration for the students and staff.

All students have paid for their ticket and received a receipt of their payment through Parentmail. Following the Leavers Assembly on Tuesday 27th of June in the Hall, students will have the opportunity to collect their Summer Ball ticket. Tickets will only be issued once students have been formally signed off, having sat their exams appropriately, returned all textbooks and school resources including their Library books. Please be aware that entrance to the Summer Ball is by ticket only.

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All year round sports facilities for hire

Dear Parent / Carer

Are you looking to set up a new fitness class or thinking of turning your current recreational club into something regular. Do you have access to the facilities you need? We welcome new users to the school.

If you, or you know of a club or charity looking for a new venue please share our details. It’s not just our students who benefit from the superb facilities; we continue to provide our school for hire to the community. We’ve developed lots of links to local teams, clubs and groups and played our part in making Durrington High a sports environment to thrive.

Whether it’s for competitive sport, drama, a fitness class to conference facilities we’ll have a room to accommodate your needs and all at an affordable cost.

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DHS Charity

Are you someone who wants to make difference to other people who are in need?

We are looking for students who might have an interest in being part of something a bit different, that cares for people in the community. 

We are really excited to announce that we are going to launch our first ever official school charity in September – we want to give DHS students the opportunity to find creative ways of doing something really good in the lives of those who are left behind/in need both within our school community, within our local area and further afield.

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